On February 14, the Amache National Historic Site Act (H.R. 2497) was passed in the Senate by unanimous consent. The legislation, led by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Representatives Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Ken Buck (R-CO), establishes the Amache National Historic Site, a former Japanese American incarceration facility outside of Granada, Colorado, as part of the National Park System.
The site honors the over 7,500 individuals of Japanese descent who were unjustly and forcibly incarcerated there during World War II. Last week marked the 80th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's signing Executive Order 9066, which displaced and incarcerated over 100,000 Japanese Americans in 1942.
While the legislation already passed the House by a vote of 416-2 in July 2021, Senate passage last week included an amendment requiring the House to concur with the Senate amendment on Friday, which they did without objection. The bill now awaits President Biden’s signature.
The National Trust applauds the passage of this legislation and looks forward to enactment of the new National Park Service site, which will preserve, protect, and interpret the unique and powerful stories of those incarcerated at Amache for current and future generations.